“Ultimately, I consider myself a facilitator of personal exploration—I’m here to walk with you along your unique path, bringing you curiosity, care, and encouragement.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child actor, I originally planned for a life on the stage. Over time, I found my interests shifting. Diving into the psyche of a character was fascinating, but I hungered to understand real people and help them effect meaningful and lasting change. After a brief foray into holistic health counseling, I went back to school and earned a master’s in psychology, then a second master’s and a PhD in clinical psychology. I’m currently training at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Although I couldn’t have planned or predicted my journey, I’m so glad for the way it turned out—the variety in my experiences is what makes me especially skilled as a clinician. I can’t wait to discover what roads lie ahead.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work with clients through an analytic lens, against a backdrop of dynamic, collaborative talk therapy. That just means I take the perspective that we have an unconscious mind which holds on to a lot of the thoughts and feelings we otherwise defend against. I believe that talking things through with an empathic, reflective, nonjudgmental therapist promotes insight and allows for deeply rooted, positive change. That said, growth is not one size fits all, which is why I have experience and training in a wide range of modalities and interventions and thoughtfully tailor treatment to each individual’s specific needs and goals. Ultimately, I consider myself a facilitator of personal exploration—I’m here to walk with you along your unique path, bringing you curiosity, care, and encouragement.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Why wouldn’t one feel hesitant? It’s natural to have strongly mixed feelings before embarking on any big adventure—and while it may take place indoors, sitting or even lying down, psychotherapy is one of the biggest adventures of all. There’s a lot that can feel frightening about seeking psychotherapeutic growth, even when you have faith that the rewards are worth the effort. You will be asked to revisit incidences and let yourself experience feelings that most of the time, we naturally try to avoid. My goal as your therapist is to create a safe space where you feel comfortable allowing yourself to be vulnerable—knowing that I am by your side, on your team, and with you for the journey.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
As a candidate in analytic training through the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, I am also able to see clients for traditional analytic treatment. Yes, just like in the old “New Yorker” cartoons, many people do still lay on a couch three to four times a week. I adhere to the theory that we all have an unconscious mind that can hold on to thoughts and feelings which are often too difficult for our conscious minds to tolerate, and that this affects our day-to-day lives in myriad, often confusing ways. Psychoanalysis is pretty much the only way I know that one can come to explore their inner world with the type of vulnerability and genuine curiosity that affords deep and lasting change.
In addition to therapy, do you provide any other services?
I am also able to offer comprehensive psycho-diagnostic and neuro-diagnostic reports for adults, adolescents, and children. Depending on the investigative question, assessments may cover intellectual functioning, adaptive functioning, academic achievement, learning disabilities, personality functioning and structure, ADHD, and more. Reports are lengthy and nuanced, and provide a detailed portrait of one's individual strengths and weaknesses, with accompanying data and further treatment recommendations. Children's reports may be used for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
“It’s natural to have strongly mixed feelings before embarking on any big adventure—and while it may take place indoors, sitting or even lying down, psychotherapy is one of the biggest adventures of all.”